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"A masterpiece" - Chicago Tribune

An Iliad

by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
Based on Homer’s THE ILIAD
Translated by Robert Fagles
directed by Senior Artistic Consultant Charles Newell
featuring Timothy Edward Kane

Jun 04, 2025 — Jun 29, 2025


One of the most remarkable performances of the theatrical year…It is a masterpiece of acting…that should not be missed.” – Chicago Tribune

“[A] beautiful tour de force…extraordinary” – Chicago Reader

“Kane is hypnotic … very close to a superhuman feat” – Sun-Times

A timely and gripping retelling of Homer’s epic poem, An Iliad returns to Court’s stage, illuminating the human cost of conflict with breathtaking urgency. Timothy Edward Kane reprises his role as The Poet – the sole character in this one-person saga – who recounts a tale of war, hubris, and destruction that spirals across millennia and crashes into our present day. Experience the raw power of Kane’s performance in Court Theatre’s intimate Abelson Auditorium, and confront the necessity of the classics head-on.

Jason Huysman understudies the role of The Poet and will be featured in evening performances on Sunday, June 8; Sunday, June 15; and Sunday, June 22; all other performances will feature Timothy Edward Kane.

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Photo of Timothy Edward Kane by Michael Brosilow.

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